Strong Regions

South Australia’s regions have built a strong economic base under Labor in areas such as mining, tourism and premium food and wine. Today, our regions contribute more than $20 billion to our State’s economy and produce more than 50 per cent of overseas exports. We continue to build on the strength of our regions.

Regional Development Fund

Increase the Regional Development Fund to $15 million per year.
Source: Agreement with the Member for Frome

Status

The Regional Development Fund is supporting jobs, infrastructure and services to increase economic growth and productivity for regional South Australia.
www.pir.sa.gov.au/regions/grants/regional_development_fund

Increase regional connectivity to Government

Develop an interactive portal connected to sa.gov.au to engage with regional communities, and provide better access to government information on regions.
Source: Agreement with the Member for Frome

Status

Location SA enables regional communities to access up to 160 government datasets.
http://www.location.sa.gov.au/locationsa

Regional scholarships for Youth Parliament

Establish a young regional South Australians scholarship program to support more people from regional areas to attend Youth Parliament.
Source: Agreement with the Member for Frome

Status

Completed. The scholarship program was incorporated into the 2015 and 2016 Youth Parliament program run by the YMCA.

Jobs Accelerator Fund

Commit an additional $10 million to the New Jobs Accelerator Fund.
Source: Agreement with the Member for Frome

Status

Completed. This money has been committed to programs to drive economic growth and productivity by investing in regional infrastructure, creating jobs and new opportunities for South Australia.
www.pir.sa.gov.au/alerts_news_events/news/regions_sa/details_of_$10_million_job_accelerator_fund_announced

Country Cabinet meetings

Reintroduce Country Cabinet meetings, with three each year in regional South Australia.
Source: Agreement with the Member for Frome

Status

This has been implemented and is ongoing. Nine Country Cabinet meetings have been held since 2014, with almost 4,000 people attending events. More than 20,000 votes have been cast by regional communities to select which projects get funded through Fund My Idea. The most recent Country Cabinet was held on 20-22 November 2016 in Whyalla, Roxby Downs and Coober Pedy.

Regional budget statements

Publish material in the budget papers setting out funding provided to regional South Australia.
Source: Agreement with the Member for Frome

Status

Completed. The Budget Statement outlines investment, new initiatives and programs for regional South Australia each year.

Commissioner for Kangaroo Island

Appoint a Commissioner for Kangaroo Island to cut red tape and improve service delivery for the Island across all levels of Government. It will be a statutory appointment and will report to Government regarding the coordination and implementation of current and future projects for the Island.
Source: Media Release, 19 February 2014

Status

Completed. Ms Wendy Campana was appointed Commissioner for Kangaroo Island, commencing in the role on 8 May 2015.
http://kangarooislandcommissioner.sa.gov.au/

Encourage Commonwealth connectivity to regions

Encourage the Commonwealth Government to maintain www.myregion.gov.au
Source: Agreement with the Member for Frome

Status

Regional higher education summit

Hold an annual Regional Summit, in conjunction with South Australia’s universities to gain independent expert advice on regional policy.
Source: Agreement with the Member for Frome


Status

This has been implemented and is ongoing. The 2015 Regional Summit was held in Whyalla. The 2016 Regional Summit was held in Mount Gambier.  Planning has started for the 2017 summit.

Northern Arts

Investigate a redevelopment of the Northern Arts Centre.
Source: Agreement with the Member for Frome

Status

The investigation into redeveloping the Northern Festival Centre was completed. In the 2015-16 State Budget $1.4 million was committed to the Centre to commence the upgrade of its air conditioning system and the repair of its fly tower. Work on the upgrade of the air conditioning system has now been completed. A local engineering firm was engaged to undertake the structural reinforcement of the fly tower, which has also been completed.

International student attraction

Change the role of Education Adelaide to focus on destination marketing and align it with other State marketing activity, including Brand SA, tourism and migration to continue to encourage more students to live and study in Adelaide.
Source: Let's Keep Building South Australia, P 33

Status

Education Adelaide is implementing its new strategic plan to support the implementation of the South Australian International Student Strategy (Destination Adelaide) for positioning South Australia as a leader in delivering quality, globally competitive education. As part of this, the Education Adelaide regulations have been changed to focus the corporations objects on destination marketing and improving the student experience.  This included changing the name to Study Adelaide to better reflect its focus. Study Adelaide's overseas marketing activity is now aligned with the Investment and Trade outbound and inbound missions calendar.

RDA consultations

Require Regional Development Australia committees be consulted in relevant policy development, with an increase in State Government funding to Regional Development Australia.
Source: Agreement with the Member for Frome

Status

This has been implemented and is ongoing. The 2014-15 State Budget increased funding to regional communities through RDAs from $1.4 million per year to $3 million per year.

Regional charter

Establish a Charter to ensure needs and special circumstances of regional South Australia are taken into account when developing legislation and policy.
Source: Agreement with the Member for Frome

Status

Charter agreed in 2014. Work is ongoing to ensure conditions of the charter are met and delivering better outcomes for regional South Australia.

Premier and Member for Frome meetings

Premier (or designated member of the Cabinet) to meet with the Independent Member at least once each fortnight when the Parliament is not in session.
Source: Agreement with the Member for Frome

Status

This has been implemented and is ongoing.

Regional meetings for Departmental Chief Executives

Hold at least three Senior Management Council meetings in the regions and require all Chief Executives to make regular trips to the regions.
Source: Agreement with the Member for Frome

Status

This has been implemented and is ongoing. In 2015, Senior Management Council meetings were held on Kangaroo Island, on the Eyre Peninsula and in Roxby Downs. In 2016, meetings were held in the Riverland, the Murraylands and the Fleurieu Peninsula.

Shoulder sealing - Port Broughton

Investigate shoulder sealing on Port Broughton to Alford Road, Port Pirie to Port Broughton Road.
Source: Agreement with the Member for Frome

Status

The State Government has committed $3.675 million for 31.6km shoulder sealing on the Spencer Highway (Port Pirie to Port Broughton) between Clements Gap Road and Abattoirs Road.

Ministers' regional visits

Require at least one Minister to spend a day each week in a regional area.
Source: Agreement with the Member for Frome

Status

This has been implemented and is ongoing. Since commencing, on average, three Ministers have undertaken regional visits each week, including to attend Country Cabinet meetings.

Regional parliamentary forums

Hold at least one State Parliamentary forum in a regional area each year.
Source: Agreement with the Member for Frome

Status

This has been implemented and is ongoing. Parliamentary Committees including the Public Works Committee have been holding meetings in regional areas. 

Regional Cabinet taskforce

Establish a new Regional South Australia Cabinet Taskforce, chaired by Minister for Regional Development.
Source: Agreement with the Member for Frome

Status

The Regional South Australia Cabinet Committee was established in May 2014.

Rate capping

Commit to not introducing rate capping for local government.
Source: Agreement with the Member for Frome

Status

Completed.

Recycled water in schools

Investigate access by schools to recycled water for sub-surface irrigation.
Source: Agreement with the Member for Frome

Status

SA Water identified schools suitable for connection to recycled water networks for sub-surface irrigation.

Gladstone schools safety zone

Relocate the drop off zone at Gladstone Area School to improve safety in the event of an emergency evacuation.
Source: Agreement with the Member for Frome

Status

Completed. This has resulted in improved safety for children at the school in an emergency.

Clare Aerodrome access

Provide the right hand turning lane on Spalding Road access to Clare Aerodrome.
Source: Agreement with the Member for Frome

Status

Completed.

Marine Park monitoring

Provide an extra $4 million to ensure South Australia’s 19 marine parks are effectively managed (doubling the funding for monitoring to $750,000, and surveying activities to $100,000 per year.
Source: Let's Keep Building South Australia P 130 and Media Release, 7 March 2014

Status

Completed. Funds provided in 2014-15 State budget.

Premium food and wine

Commit $1.5 million over four years to building South Australia’s premium food and wine credentials.
Source: Let's Keep Building South Australia, P 29

Status

Funding of $1.5 million is committed over four years to build South Australia’s premium food and wine credentials. To date, actvities delivered include:
- Establishing a grant program for the South Australian food and beverage sector.
- Working closely with Brand South Australia to develop strategies, initiatives and marketing collateral to raise awareness and increase State Brand registrations within the food and beverage industry. 
- Establishing the Statement of Recognition program for the South Australian seafood sector to assist with establishing new international markets.
- Contribution to activities associated with Adelaide, South Australia's membership of the Great Wine Capitals Global Network.
- Research of market opportunities and linked promotion associated with South Australia's moratorium of Non-Genetically Modified food crops.

Southern wine trail

Develop a Wine Trail from McLaren Vale to the Southern Flinders Ranges.
Source: Agreement with the Member for Frome

Status

Completed. Launched by the SA Tourism Commission at the 2014 Royal Adelaide Show.

http://southaustralia.com/things-to-do/ideas-and-suggestions

Relief for Clare Valley wine growers

Investigate the possibility of periods of inter-peak water use and night-time use of water.
Source: Agreement with the Member for Frome

Status

Completed. SA Water has finalised agreements with individual irrigators.

Renewable energy developments

Implement amendments to the Pastoral Land Management and Conservation Act 1989 to allow renewable energy developers to access Crown owned land used for pastoral purposes.
Source: Let's Keep Building South Australia, P 125

Status

Completed. Amendment Bill assented to on 23 October 2014, which has now been proclaimed.

Lighting - Red Hill

Investigate improved lighting at Red Hill intersection.
Source: Agreement with the Member for Frome

Status

Completed. Project completed in July 2015.

Lighting - Snowtown

Improve lighting at approaches to Snowtown.
Source: Agreement with the Member for Frome

Status

Completed. Lighting installation completed on 11 June 2015.

Attracting events

The Government will pursue other events of international significance that create greater awareness of a state that has opened its mind and heart to the world.
Source: Governor's speech to Parliament, February 2015

Status

Completed. The SA Government has committed an additional $10 million over two years for the Major Leisure Events Bid Fund to attract international and national events along with an additional $5 million over two years to secure more national and international business conventions and meetings in Adelaide.

Investing in events

The Government will increase its investment in events, to further expand the program of activities that has energised our city.
Source: Governor's speech to Parliament, February 2015

Status

Completed. EventsSA received additional funding in the 2015-16 State Budget.

Access to water infrastructure

Continue to investigate reforms to third party access to State owned water infrastructure.
Source: Let's Keep Building South Australia, P 124

Status

Completed. The Water Industry (Third Party Access) Amendment Act 2015 was passed on 14 October 2015 with an implementation date of 1 July 2016.

Country Arts - Clare

Investigate a transfer of land from Clare Courts Administration Authority to Country Arts SA.
Source: Agreement with the Member for Frome

Status

Completed. The relocation of the Clare Courthouse was unable to proceed.

Sterile insect technology facility

Take the national lead and commit $3 million in funds to build a dedicated sterile insect technology facility in the Upper Spencer Gulf.
Source: Building a Stronger South Australia, No7, P 5

Status

Funds committed. Building completed in September 2016, and the facility was officially opened in November 2016.

Nuclear Industry Royal Commission

The Government will establish a Royal Commission into the Nuclear Industry, to investigate what role South Australia can and should play in the nuclear fuel cycle. The Royal Commission will be the first of its kind in Australia and will explore the merit of South Australia's involvement in the mining, enrichment, energy and storage phases of the nuclear fuel cycle.
Source: Governor's speech to Parliament, February 2015

Status

The Premier has delivered the Government’s formal response to the Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission Report to State Parliament.

The State Government will support nine of the 12 recommendations in the Royal Commission Report.

Specifically, the government will support all five recommendations that relate to expanding uranium exploration and mining.

Most significantly, this means the development of a new State-wide mineral exploration drilling initiative to support the discovery of new mineral deposits in South Australia, with a particular focus on uranium.

On recommendations relating to a nuclear waste storage facility, the Government will not pursue policy or legislative change, however the Government will continue to encourage discussion and remain open to pursuing this opportunity for South Australia.

The Government has concluded the only path forward is the restoration of bipartisanship and broad social consent secured through a State-wide referendum.

If broad social consent were to be achieved through a referendum, a local Aboriginal community would also be given a final right of veto on any future facility on their lands.

https://nuclear.yoursay.sa.gov.au/news/get-to-know-nuclear-discover-discuss-decide-government-delivers-response-to-nuclear-fuel-cycle-royal-commission-report

Developing Kangaroo Island

Support the delivery of a $30 million 18-hole championship golf course and associated infrastructure including desalination plant, helipad, clubhouse, tourist accommodation and residential development on Kangaroo Island.
Source: Let's Keep Building South Australia, P 31 and Media Release, 19 February 2014

Status

A proposal has been developed and consulted on with the local community and the proposal has been granted major development approval.

Regional internships

A new regional student internship program to give students in regional areas opportunities to work in Government and Parliament.
Source: Agreement with the Member for Frome

Status

The Office for the Public Sector has assumed responsibility for this deliverable from the Office for Youth. Scoping of the program has begun. The Office for the Public Sector has emphasised the need for agencies to offer internship placements to young people from regional South Australia. http://publicsector.sa.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/20160512-Agency-Information-Sheet-SA-Government-Internship-Program.pdf

PIRSA Clare facility

Investigate a redevelopment of PIRSA facility in Clare to allow co-location of the PIRSA and SARDI officers.
Source: Agreement with the Member for Frome

Status

Investigation complete. A new fit for purpose site to accommodate operational depot activities and laboratories has been purchased by PIRSA. It is anticipated that refurbishment and construction works at this site will be completed by 30 June 2017.

Phylloxera DNA test

Deliver a new South Australian-developed phylloxera detection test, (to be trialled in 2014-15), a commercial testing service and explore opportunities to expand DNA testing to pests and diseases affecting other industries.
Source: Building a Stronger South Australia, No. 7, P 8-9

Status

The phylloxera detection test developed has been completed and published. Delivery to industry is being led by VineHealth Australia, and consultation with industry will continue in 2017, including national acceptance of protocols. Development and validation of of DNA testing for key vegetable pathogens is underway.

Branding our key regions

Work with more South Australian regions to develop a unique Trust Mark to promote their locally grown products.
Source: Let's Keep Building South Australia P 29, Media Release, 26 February 2014

Status

PIRSA provided support to assist with regions’ strategic planning, market research, brand development relating to regional food, wine and culinary tourism activities. Grants program implemented with 12 projects funded ($412,000) and completed in late 2016. 

PACE scheme

Commit a further $4 million over four years to expand and modernise the Plan for Accelerated Exploration (PACE) scheme.
Source: Let's Keep Building South Australia, P 27

Status

The State Government’s precompetitive geoscience initiative – PACE Copper, a key element of South Australia’s Copper Strategy, was announced in November 2015. This $20 million initiative is designed to help the exploration industry recover for the challenging global economic cycle and lead transformation of the South Australian mineral exploration industry. This future and employment focused initiative, will provide information and opportunity to bring forward new discoveries and set the foundations for the next generation of mineral industry growth and job creation in the services, supplies and specialist manufacturing sectors.

The 2016-17 program is on–track to deliver:
• the world’s largest high-resolution, airborne geophysical and terrain imaging program in partnership with Geoscience Australiahas commenced with planes now flying over the mineral rich, highly prospective Gawler Craton, (Completed regions and this week’s flight plans are displayed on the Gawler Craton
Airborne Survey web page map - www.minerals.statedevelopment.sa.gov.au/gcas
• industry-government collaborative drilling on 26 new targets across the State has commenced
• Coompana regional gravity survey and regional drilling program to deliver world-class data and interpretation that will open up an untouched mineral province in the State's far west has commenced. As of 7 February 2017, in excess of 33% of the Coompana Gravity Survey was complete.

Motorsport park

Commit $7.5 million towards the establishment of a privately built and operated Motorsport Park at Tailem Bend, capable of hosting a second V8 Supercar race.
Source: Media Release, 27 February 2014

Status

Funding agreement executed and funding delivered. Work has begun with completion expected in 2018.

Small business roundtable

Convene regular meetings to allow small businesses to put views directly to Premier and relevant ministers, including via electronic participation to enable regional involvement.
Source: Agreement with the Member for Frome

Status

Quarterly meetings are chaired by the Minister for Small Business for representatives from the small business sector to put views directly to relevant ministers. Summaries and outcomes are distributed to small businesses across the State though their respective industry associations.

Attracting tourism

The Government will embark on an aggressive campaign to market our State as a unique and attractive destination for tourists.
Source: Governor's speech to Parliament, February 2015

Status

The SATC continued to market South Australia as a tourist destination both domestically & internationally. In 2015-16, domestically, a major partnership with Fairfax Media and Virgin Australia was undertaken. The extension of the Barossa. Be Consumed and the Adelaide Let Yourself Go campaign were conducted in key interstate markets and the Best Backyard Campaigns was run locally, highlighting all eleven tourism regions. In addition, program sponsorships included hosting ‘The Project’ and ‘The Today Show’ to Adelaide, with both programs promoting South Australian tourism regions, product, experiences and events. The State’s five touring routes were promoted domestically and will be continued to be promoted in 2016-17 to grow the drive holiday sector. Internationally, significant marketing activity took place in China, India, Malaysia and Singapore along with marketing increases in our traditional markets of the US, UK and New Zealand.
In 2016-17, Adelaide and South Australia’s key regional experiences are being promoted in key markets nationally through a new South Australian global campaign to be featured on television and online. Internationally, a global campaign is being undertaken using a new, purpose shot state advertising asset showcasing the very best of South Australia. In addition, a range of cooperative marketing activities with travel trade partners and airlines will be conducted in key international markets to reach wider audiences and grow consumer demand for South Australia.

http://southaustralia.com/



SE Forestry Partnership

Provide $10.5 million for the South East Forestry Partnership Program and ensure that the remaining $10.5 million will be used to support projects consistent with the recommendations outlined in the Stage Two report from the Cellulose Fibre Value Chain Study.
Source: Let's Keep Building South Australia, P 154

Status

Completed with all funds assigned to projects. $16,044,331 has been paid to grantees since the SEFPP commenced in 2013. Successful applicants for SEFPP Phases 2 and 3 were announced in January and June 2015. These projects have commenced, however, not all grant deeds have been finalised nor funding payments made. In September 2015 two Phase 2 projects withdrew for business reasons releasing $2,950,000 of grant funding. On 23 June 2016 the Minister for Forests announced $2,950,000 of SEFPP will be allocated to upgrade Mt Gambier Airport. http://www.pir.sa.gov.au/forestry/south_east_forestry_partnerships_program_sefpp

Agribusiness Accelerator Program

Deliver on the Agribusiness Accelerator Program, including:
  • Premium Food and Wine brand will be promoted through $1.35 million in funding over four years
  • the Agribusiness Investment Attraction Program (Agri-PACE)
  • the $1.1 million, two-year Functional Food Focus Program
  • the Agribusiness Consultants Program
  • Accelerate the New Horizons soil project with $1.1 million over two years from 2014-15.
Source: Building a Stronger South Australia, No7, P 13, Media Release, 28 February 2014

Status

AgInsight
Stage 3 of design and development enhancements are underway to maintain the website's leading edge status as a local and international investment attraction tool.

Agribusiness Growth Program
Year three of delivery is underway through Food SA and SAWIA

Adelaide-South Australia Great Wine Capitals Global Network Membership; Activities to capitalise on this membership are underway. A Steering Committee of the founding partners PIRSA, SATC, Brand SA and SAWIA is driving these activities. This includes a partnership with News Corp (digital and print), creation of adelaidegreatwinecapital.com.au to amplify stories about membership and SA's wine regions, promotion and branding at the Hong Kong Wine & Dine Festival and associated events in October 2016, promotion and branding during international missions (incl. South East Asia July 2016) and at the Royal Adelaide Show and the Royal Adelaide Wine Show awards in September 2016. Membership has also provided the opportunity to run the Best of Wine Tourism Awards and for the seven South Australian winners to be showcased at the international level awards. Other major milestones since joining on 1 July 2016 have included regional engagement sessions; a program launch event and attendance at the Network's mid-term meeting.

United States - Planning is underway for a return mission to the USA in 2017.

New Horizons

Work with farmers and industry to support the introduction of a program to research the contribution the top 10 to 50 centimetre layer of soil provides to plant health and production. Seek support from the Federal Government and other partners to expand the program over time.
Source: Building a Stronger South Australia, No7, P 13

Status

Trials are continuing with third year harvest completed in December 2016. PIRSA has partnered with CSIRO, the University of South Australia, Aggrow Agronomy and Farming Systems Groups to develop a project application to GRDC to expand the research.

non-GM status

Promote South Australia's non-GM status in key markets where this presents a competitive advantage through targeted visits and release of information to trade suppliers.
Source: Building a Stronger South Australia, No7, P 11

Status

International Ambassador Shigemi Hirata appointed in 2013 (Japan); SA's non-GM status promoted in trade materials, videos, events and presentations. The University of Adelaide was commissioned to undertake a research project to investigate the market opportunities for South Australia's non-GM products. The University's Report 'Identification and Assessment of Added-Value Export Market Opportunities for non-GMO Labelled Food Products from South Australia' has now been released. Trends in this report indicate growing global demand for non-genetically modified foods, which provides significant opportunities for South Australia. The next steps are to work with industry to assist them to understand the report's findings and the opportunities it identifies. 

Regional food and wine clusters

Establish premium food and wine 'clusters' in the Riverland/Murraylands and Limestone Coast and a high value food manufacturing centre.
Source: Let's Keep Building South Australia, P 154

Status

Funding of $2.6 million has been committed over four years for regional food and wine clusters. Round One and Two projects have been funded and delivered. Round Three projects and preparations are currently being finalised.

Multi-use sport facility in Port Pirie

Deliver a multi-use sports facility at Memorial Oval in Port Pirie, in partnership with Federal and Local Governments.
Source: Agreement with the Member for Frome

Status

Australian Government, State Government and Local Government funding has been agreed.

Regional water rebate

Investigate a regional rebate scheme for sporting clubs in respect to water requirements.
Source: Agreement with the Member for Frome

Status

SA Water has worked closely with the Office for Recreation and Sport and other key stakeholders in identifying the water requirements of sporting clubs and how best to assist in meeting these requirements. It has been identified through this process that there are other, more effective mechanisms that can support sporting clubs to meet their water requirements rather than increasing the level of water rebates. 

Attracting mountain bikes

Invest $1.5 million over four years on a series of projects aimed at drawing mountain bike enthusiasts from around Australia and the world to the Mount Lofty region.
Source: Let's Keep Building South Australia, P 129

Status

The multi-agency Adelaide Mount Lofty Region Mountain Bike Strategic Reference Group provided in principle support to a management model, which is now being reviewed for a business case analysis. Community and stakeholder consultation for O'Halloran Hill Recreation Park Urban Mountain Bike Park is complete and the tender for design is currently being prepared.

Protect more Parks and Reserves

Increase South Australia’s system of parks and reserves to protect more of the State’s unique environment.
Source: Let's Keep Building South Australia, P 124, 128

Status

The proclamation of two new parks at Monarto (Monarto Woodlands and Kinchina Conservation Parks), and additions to the Cape Blanche (Coastlinks), Searcy Bay (Coastlinks) and Kaiserstuhl Conservation Parks, were gazetted on 22 September 2016. Additions to Onkaparinga River and O’Halloran Hill Recreation Park, and Gawler Ranges National Park were proclaimed on 1 December 2016.

Children's Centre - Roxby Downs

Investigate building a children's centre in Roxby Downs, provide Masters scholarships to entice the very best teachers to the area and establish a specialisation program at the Roxby Downs Area School. Provide access to a $50,000 grant to develop a specialisation program that reflects the community’s aspirations.
Source: Let's Keep Building South Australia, P 155 and Media Release, 4 March 2014

Status

The 2015-16 State Budget included an allocation of $500,000 to establish a Children’s Centre in Roxby Downs. On 22 November 2016, the Premier announced that the State Government and BHP Billiton have agreed to each invest $2 million to deliver the Children’s Centre. http://www.premier.sa.gov.au/index.php/jay-weatherill-news-releases/1476-early-learning-services-to-receive-4m-upgrade-in-roxby-downs

Kangaroo Island walking trail

Construct a new five day walking trail within the parks of south-west Kangaroo Island.
Source: Let's Keep Building South Australia P129, Media Release, 19 February 2014

Status

Over 800 walkers have already booked in to walk the Trail, with several hundred walkers having already experienced it with very positive feedback.
The Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail was listed as one of the world’s top new travel destinations in 2017 by leading international authority, Lonely Planet.

Innamincka air strip

Provide $4 million for the construction of an air strip at Innamincka in conjunction with industry to better service oil and gas exploration in our State’s Far North.
Source: Media Release, 26 February 2014

Status

Industry led change of scope.

Owing to the downturn in oil prices and the commensurate budget cuts made by companies operating in the Innamincka region – Companies have made it clear there is limited opportunity to undertake significant exploration and development activity particularly for unconventional gas in this region.

A new airport for the Innamincka region will not help industry increase exploration and development activity currently and into the medium term as such there is little chance of necessary industry co-funding for a new Innamincka Airport and its ongoing operating costs.

This initiative is on hold and would be likely to be re-examined when market conditions change.

Resources infractructure development

The Olympic Dam Taskforce through the newly established Resources Infrastructure Taskforce (RIT) will progress the facilitation of regional infrastructure development for future demand in the resources and energy sectors, with a focus on three key regions in South Australia: Eyre Peninsula, Yorke and Mid-North/Braemar and Far North.
Source: Agreement with the Member for Frome

Status

Water for Resources - Analysis completed for available water bore information in  copper and magnetite regions to identify aquifers - assessment for further investigations in progress.
Magnetite Strategy - Analysis complete for South Australia's comparative attributes for magnetite production and global demand study for South Australian magnetite. 

Port Pirie boat ramp

Improve boat ramp facilities in Port Pirie.
Source: Agreement with the Member for Frome

Status

Port Pirie Regional Council are undertaking a $1.5 million project with a contribution of $571,000 from the State Government’s Boating Facilities Fund to provide greater access to the Port Pirie River and the Spencer Gulf. The works involve dredging the riverbed near the Solomontown ramp and using the dredged material to reclaim land to enhance the Solomontown foreshore. A fourth launching lane will also be constructed, pontoons added to the boat ramp & new CCTV installed.

Port Pirie Harbour barge capacity

Facilitate the development of private sector projects to enhance the barging capacity of Port Pirie Harbour.
Source: Agreement with the Member for Frome

Status

Currently two private sector proposals are being managed to develop barging capability at the port of Port Pirie, in conjunction with the Port Pirie Regional Council. Both proposals are currently on hold as they are minerals based and are not viable under current market conditions given commodity prices.

Regional road funding options

Investigate additional ongoing funding for regional road improvements.
Source: Agreement with the Member for Frome

Status

In the 2016-17 budget, $202 million has been allocated to improve and maintain regional roads in South Australia. Of this, the State Government has allocated around $110 million and the Australian Government has allocated around $92 million. This includes $64 million in the Asset Improvment Program, as well as the ongoing Road safety improvement works ($40 million over four years) announced as part of the 2015-16 State Budget Road Stimulus Package. The Asset Improvement program includes Rural road improvments, Rural & remote road upgrades, Freight productivity improvments, Sturt Highway upgrade, Black spot, Shoulder sealing and audio tactile line-marking on high-speed roads to save lives, enhance transport networks and create jobs in regional areas.

Regional road improvements

Implement road improvement projects to the Bute to Kulpara Road and the Laura to Gladstone Road.
Source: Agreement with the Member for Frome

Status

Bute to Kulpara (22.7km, total cost $9 million):
Stage 1 (4.4km) completed.
Stage 2 (8.5km) completed.
Stage 3 (9.8km) will be incorporated into the Upper Yorke Peninsula Regional Road Network Upgrade Package.

Laura to Gladstone (9.1km, total cost $3.4 million):
Stage 1 (2.8 km) completed.
Stage 2 (6.3 km) completed.

Port Pirie Golf Club

Enhance water infrastructure to enable access to that infrastructure by the Port Pirie Golf Club, and assisting with irrigation improvements to the golf club to ensure more sustainable use of water.
Source: Agreement with the Member for Frome

Status

Work is continuing on implementing a funding agreement with works to commence once all necessary agreements are finalised.


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